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Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  3,587 ratings  ·  236 reviews
A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome evil, a slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.
The kids at school call Billy "Dragon Breath" for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn't the normal, morning-mouth bad; it's the hot-as-fire, "don't-you-dare-get-near-me" bad. Tr...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by AMG Publishers (first published June 1st 2004)
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Schihl Ninja
Raising Dragons is a fantasy by Bryan Davis about two kids: Billy and Bonnie. They are fairly normal teenagers except for one thing: Billy breathes fire, and bonnie has wings. Bonnie already knows one of her parents was a dragon, Billy finds out on his own when he blows at a smoke detector and sets it off. They also find out that someone very close to them is a dragon slayer. When they crash land out of a plane they are stranded on the top of a deserted mountain: with the slayer. Will they make...more
Meg
I was tempted to give this five stars for "entertainingly bad." I mean, I have gotten a great deal of enjoyment from reading this, just not for the reasons the author intended.

Now, before I get any further, allow me to say that I think the concept had potential--dragons are cool when done well, and the idea of them hiding out in human form is interesting, etc.

But the execution was...poor. The characters are about as well-developed and intriguing as oatmeal (and they're named "Billy Bannister" a...more
Joanne
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Davian Ross
This book is simply amazing! I picked it up and started reading not knowing how i would feel about it. It seemed weird how dragons could be incorporated into a christian story and still be a good thing without contradicting itself. But it was great, its one of those books which puts you into the story and sets the scene and all so you are there with the characters.
Well it starts off describing Billy and Bonnies life. They appear to be normal kids living in Montana but they are apart of a long l...more
Nat
Review by my 10 yr old son :-)

Billy and Bonnie are both half dragons. Bonnie has known her entire life but Billy only just found out. Not long after hearing what he is, he finds himself on the run from a crazy Dragon Slayer. He learns what and who his dad is and how and why they are being hunted.

I love Dragon books and my mom gave me this to try. I enjoyed it and found the story good - a boy finding out he is half dragon (how cool would that be???)and that his dad is a full dragon (even cooler)...more
Emily Elisabeth
I REALLY love this series. It's fantasy, and I love that, but more than that, it's inspirational. I love all the symbolism and Christianity in it. You're an awesome author Bryan! keep at it!!!
Amy
I will just start off by saying, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have been reading quite a bit lately, and this book struck me like none has in a while. I am not sure if it is the style of writing by the author, the characters, the setting, the topics, or maybe that magical element the author just happened to nail.

There was plenty going on in this book, so I never felt there were any parts that dragged along. We went from one scene to the next, with something happening in every chapter, but not the "their...more
Betsy
As a mother of young children and a lover of fantasy this book is a winner for me. Knowing this is a book geared toward children and teens, I read it keeping my eyes open for appropriateness and characters with integrity. I can say in that department, I give it a full 5 stars. This book is one I would gladly sit down and read to my children 6-10 without any qualms. The books characters exhibit qualities and traits that I would like to see developed in my own children and the story is one that gr...more
Jill Williamson
Got dragon breath?

Raising Dragons is the first novel in the Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis.

Billy has dragon breath, and he didn’t just forget to brush his teeth. His breath scalds his own fingers, burns his mother’s cheek when he kisses her goodbye, and sets off the school fire alarm. Despite his attempts with soda, water, and breath mints, nothing seems to cool his breath. The answer to his concerns comes when his father reveals a long-kept secret: he is a dragon who has been hiding...more
Lilly W.
This Book was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was talking about how the parents that were former dragons affected their children's lives since that are all being killed by a slayer that drank a potion to live forever. When Bonnie the daughter of a former dragon finds a boy named Billy. And what brought them together? The dragon part of them brought them together, with Bonnie's Dragon wings and Billy's fiery breath they came together to fight off the slayer and hopefully find out about their parents pa...more
Dayton Shanahan
this book was great. its about a young man and his friends. but not just any young man and friend. he is from a long line of ancient dragons and he has the ability to breathe fire. this is the first book in the series, so he is trying to learn to control his ability. it just happens randomly throughout the story. his friend is a girl who has also come from a long line of dragons, she has dragon wings and can fly. her mom and billy's (the boy) dad knew eachother as dragons back in king arthur tim...more
Captain
This is a very solid book written by, in my opinion, one of the greatest Christian authors of our generation. Mr. Davis beautifully weaves together the story of two teens, Billy and Bonnie, and follows their adventures throughout most of their lives. This book is simply the beginning. Yet, at the same time, this is a great beginning that draws you in quickly and never lets you go. I once met Mr. Davis in person, and he told me this book wasn't written well. I'd have to disagree with him on that...more
Arava
A clever, imaginative tale of a boy who discovers he has the blood of a dragon in his veins, and a girl who has hid a secret for years.
Sariah
Nov 12, 2008 Sariah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: i think merrill and gordon would love it!!
so basically, i just finished this book today, and it is absolutely amazing! its written by a christian author who ties Christianity into an amazing adventure. this story is modern time but not at the same time.... i recommend it to whoever is a fantasy lover like me! join Billy and Bonnie in their crazy, adventurous world!
Jeanette
My daughter recommended Bryan Davis' Raising Dragons to me. She has read the whole series and, apart from one or two quibbles, she enjoyed it.

I love the premise of the book. Centuries past Merlin and Arthur help the last remaining Dragons to assume human form in an effort to preserve their race from the evil Dragon slayer Sir Devin. Now Billy (a middle grade student) finds that his 'dragon breath' is not his only problem while Bonnie, recently orphaned, is hiding something in her backpack. When...more
Mangy Cat
I'm a big fan of crossing genres as well as teen fiction. This was a great combination of the two. I love the realism of the characters and how they deal with their problems. Also, the secondary characters were very fun. How can you not like Walter?
Anastasia
Akin to The Chronicles of Narnia, Raising Dragons is a solid work of Christian fiction that, while officially aimed at a middle-school-age audience, can be read and enjoyed by young and old alike. It's a modern-day fantasy that incorporates Christianity, Arthurian legend, and original concepts, something that I especially appreciated as I am a fan of all three. I won't go into detail on the plot; if you want to know it, look it up - or better yet, read the book yourself!

Appropriate rating: as pr...more
Elaine White
Excellent read. Completely un-put-down-able. Can't wait to get stuck into the second one.
Gerhard Mullican
good story for the most part, but the writing, ohhhhhhh horrible
Eric
Apr 29, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: must-read
Great read and series! My 13 year old loves it as well.
Debdanz
addison loves this series but i can't say i was impressed.
Leah Good
The writing in this story (and subsequent books) is amazing. Bryan Davis keeps the story moving at rip-roaring speed and you never want to put it down. At the end of book one, you can’t get to book two fast enough. That said, books that combine ‘other worldliness’ (i.e. Dragon’s that can turn into humans) with real world (God and salvation) always make me a little uncomfortable. I feel more doctrinally safe in worlds like Narnia that are separate from ours and allow our world’s rules to stay the...more
Katie
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Several years ago, my cousin recommended the Dragons in Our Midst books to me. This came at a time when I was searching long and hard for a good, Christian fantasy series. After speeding through the first book, I knew right off the bat that this would become one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. This ill be my third reading through of the books, and I can still faithfully say that this still is one of my favorite fantasy series.

really enjoy the plot line and chara...more
Victoire
This was a great book, which i knew it was going to be because a my friend recommended this to me as her favorite book. Its a very christian orientated book which she compared to Narnia ( not at all like Narnia's christian symbolism imbedded in the plot line though.) it was very outright that it was christian while constantly quoting the bible every few pages ( which was cool, but after a while kind of annoying ) and praying any chance they could. The book though as much as i loved the plot and...more
Evan
A rather unique Christian fantasy series. Dragons, under threat of extinction because of overzealous knights (to be fair, some really bad ones gave the rest of them a bad name) take human form through the work of Arthur and Merlin (Merlin's 'spell' is more of a prayer than genuine magic here). Fast forward to our days, the human dragons have married and had children, children who inherit certain dragon abilities (breathing fire, wings), and have a key role in a prophecy about the dragons ultimat...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Don't tell me you expect to hear more about the plot I mean the official summary is huge enough :P

So here we have a Christian literature story. When i picked it, i had many many doubts about it. I have my own thoughts for God and stuff so i wasn't really sure if i can read the book. Well, i have to say i enjoy it! The book is written like child's fairytale with all the adventure and magic. I like how it was fast with many turns. The whole story with the dragons turning human and have dragon-kid...more
Annie H
I really liked this story. I kept finding myself wanting to go back and read the next part.

Some might find the apparent Christian themes over the top at times. I didn't mind much, it kind of reminded me of Adventures in Oddesey; not because it was more for little kids, just the Christianity aspect.

It was a very clean read. So clean though, it was at times cheesey. Reffering to a simple father-son hug as being masculine for example. Like Davis was wanting to be sure you knew nothing was inapropri...more
Josh
Billy Bannister has a problem, his breath is bad, not go brush your teeth bad, fire bad. His breath has been getting hot for the last few months, but today it burned him, not fire burn, but hot air burn. He will later find out the stunning revelation to his family's past that will change his life, forever. Bonnie silver has a secret. Sometimes called Bonnie backpack, the nickname fit. She always is wearing her backpack, always. She never takes it off. One day she met Billy and her secret was alm...more
Brooke
Great book to start an amazing series! When you first read it, you'll think 'wow'. That was good. Then by the time you reach the last book, you'll look back only to realize it got so much better. You really have got to read the whole series and the one following it, Oracles of Fire. This book barley gives you a glimpse of all the amazing stuff to come. Focusing only on this book for a moment though, Raising Dragons left you with a good feeling. I honestly was not a fan of books with mythical cre...more
Lindsey
This is one of the most awesome christian fiction book for teens I have ever read! I loved the story and the whole idea really. It was just amazing.


Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver are the main charicters for this book. After a accident at school, Billy learns why he has such hot breath. He’s a dragon! He meets Bonnie who also turns out to be a dragon and they become close friends. Trouble starts when they’re Middle School Princible turns out to be a dragon slayer. This book takes the old ledge...more
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Bryan Davis is the author of the best-selling Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series, contemporary/fantasy blends for young people. He has two books coming out this spring, Last of the Nephilim, the third book in the Oracles of Fire series, and Beyond the Reflection’s Edge, the first book in the new Echoes from the Edge series.

Bryan is also the author of several other works including The...more
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